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19th Jul '16 2:24:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Founders, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy ruling caste of the Dominion, utilize bio/genetic engineering to create super soldiers and personal advisors.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Founders, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy ruling caste of the Dominion, utilize bio/genetic engineering to create super soldiers and personal advisors.



** The Jem'Hadar, super soldiers of the Dominion, are noted to qualify at least dozens of recommendations of the EvilOverlordList in their biological design. They wear no helmets(1, 130), wear carapaces that have no semblance to Nazi uniforms(21, 130), have superior eye sight that makes them expert marksmen(4, 56), possess exceptional strength and hand-eye coordination(236) are asexual in design(33, 43, 51, 84, 153), gain sustenance from a single source the Founders have absolute control over and require nothing else to function(127, 200, fark-9), require no sleep or rest(172, fark-9), work for the pleasure of obeying the "order of things" imprinted in their instincts(44, 48, 94, fark-9), have no fear or qualms using human wave attacks for the "order of things"(75, 234), memorize the entire manual with eidetic memory(57), and finally, can camouflage themselves to match the surroundings(237). And that's just the "design" part, not including their equally DangerouslyGenreSavvy training.

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** The Jem'Hadar, super soldiers of the Dominion, are noted to qualify at least dozens of recommendations of the EvilOverlordList in their biological design. They wear no helmets(1, 130), wear carapaces that have no semblance to Nazi uniforms(21, 130), have superior eye sight that makes them expert marksmen(4, 56), possess exceptional strength and hand-eye coordination(236) are asexual in design(33, 43, 51, 84, 153), gain sustenance from a single source the Founders have absolute control over and require nothing else to function(127, 200, fark-9), require no sleep or rest(172, fark-9), work for the pleasure of obeying the "order of things" imprinted in their instincts(44, 48, 94, fark-9), have no fear or qualms using human wave attacks for the "order of things"(75, 234), memorize the entire manual with eidetic memory(57), and finally, can camouflage themselves to match the surroundings(237). And that's just the "design" part, not including their equally DangerouslyGenreSavvy thorough training.
30th May '16 1:19:23 AM Doug86
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* ''Anime/BagiTheMonsterOfMightyNature'' is about [[Creator/OsamuTezuka Osamu Tezuka's]] fear about what happens when people play with genetics.

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* ''Anime/BagiTheMonsterOfMightyNature'' is about [[Creator/OsamuTezuka Osamu Tezuka's]] fear about what happens when people play with genetics.



* In ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog, it ends up the entire planet of {{Funny Animal}}s is the result of the alien species called the Xorda dropping a "gene bomb" on the planet, mutating it severely. Yes, the origin story for the heroes homeworld is that Earth was bombarded by genetic engineering weapons that caused fault lines to shift, seas to drain, and left the planet uninhabitable in many places for many years. Which is what you'd expect to happen if a planet got hit by several thousand multi-megaton nuclear weapons. In other words, in the Sonic universe genetic engineering ''is'' the new nuke.
** Knuckles the Echidna's origin has a combination of this and ILoveNuclearPower in the ArchieComics ''SonicTheHedgehog'' comics; his father, Locke, did genetic and radiation experiments on himself, then irradiated his son's egg with Chaos Energy from the Master Emerald.
* Taken to pretty literal extremes in ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', where the government's secret genetic experiment is ''named'' Nuke, to give an indication that, yeah, he ''was'' as deadly as a walking megaton bomb.
* Comicbook/UltimateMarvel takes this trope all the way, with genetic engineering being compared to nuclear weapons in other ways, such as international supersoldier escalation & treaties being proposed to curb it. Several Spider-Man rogues (as well as Spidey himself) were re-imagined to be the subjects of secret, illegal super soldier experiments from Oscorp, and other superheroes and villains were designed by secret government projects for the same end. [[spoiler: ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' reveals that [[ComicBook/UltimateXMen this includes mutants]]]]. ComicBook/UltimateMarvel has even applied this trope to people who weren't even ostensibly super to begin with in regular Marvel. Ultimate IronMan's super genius is explained as the result of genetic experiments his parents were involved in (which resulted in his mother's tragic death) that resulted in him being born with braincells throughout his entire body. Unfortunately, due to a defect in the process it also gave him cancer and constant, agonizing pain.

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* In ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog, ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', it ends up the entire planet of {{Funny Animal}}s is the result of the alien species called the Xorda dropping a "gene bomb" on the planet, mutating it severely. Yes, the origin story for the heroes homeworld is that Earth was bombarded by genetic engineering weapons that caused fault lines to shift, seas to drain, and left the planet uninhabitable in many places for many years. Which is what you'd expect to happen if a planet got hit by several thousand multi-megaton nuclear weapons. In other words, in the Sonic universe genetic engineering ''is'' the new nuke.
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** Knuckles the Echidna's origin has a combination of this and ILoveNuclearPower in the ArchieComics ''SonicTheHedgehog'' comics; ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''; his father, Locke, did genetic and radiation experiments on himself, then irradiated his son's egg with Chaos Energy from the Master Emerald.
* Taken to pretty literal extremes in ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', where the government's secret genetic experiment is ''named'' Nuke, to give an indication that, yeah, he ''was'' as deadly as a walking megaton bomb.
* Comicbook/UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel takes this trope all the way, with genetic engineering being compared to nuclear weapons in other ways, such as international supersoldier escalation & treaties being proposed to curb it. Several Spider-Man rogues (as well as Spidey himself) were re-imagined to be the subjects of secret, illegal super soldier experiments from Oscorp, and other superheroes and villains were designed by secret government projects for the same end. [[spoiler: ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' reveals that [[ComicBook/UltimateXMen this includes mutants]]]]. ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Marvel has even applied this trope to people who weren't even ostensibly super to begin with in regular Marvel. Ultimate IronMan's ComicBook/UltimateIronMan's super genius is explained as the result of genetic experiments his parents were involved in (which resulted in his mother's tragic death) that resulted in him being born with braincells brain cells throughout his entire body. Unfortunately, due to a defect in the process it also gave him cancer and constant, agonizing pain.



** Creator/MarkMillar's big finale to the ''[[TheUltimates Ultimate Avengers]]'' took this to the logical extreme: with the team racing to stop radicalized countries like North Korea from getting their own superhumans.
* The Comicbook/{{X-Men}} have always been mutants, but interestingly, the earliest issues of the X-Men comics refer to them as "children of the atom" and say that Xavier is a mutant because of radiation his parents were exposed to before he was born. Current X-Men comics have abandoned the nuclear angle in favor of pure genetics, but all mutants are the end result of genetic engineering- by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens godlike aliens]] called the Celestials tens of thousands of years ago.
** The Celestials also created two other races by experimenting on humans- the ugly, shape-shifting Deviants, and their enemies, the PhysicalGod CanonSue race the Eternals, which after a bit of space-travel and civil war ended up founding a colony on Saturn's moon Titan, which eventually spawned {{Thanos}}, who conducted further genetic experiments on himself to make himself stronger. The Celestials split other alien races into Deviants and Eternals as well- the Skrulls are a race of Deviants who conquered their entire planet and built an interstellar empire.
** About the time the Celestials showed up on Marvel Earth, the Elder Gods had a similar idea and started making their own species, though these were engineered magically- [[MultipleHeadCase Set]] created [[ConanTheBarbarian the Serpent Men]], whilst [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Oshtur]] and [[GodOfEvil Chthon]] created numerous [[AlwaysLawfulGood good]] and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] races, respectively, with Chthon going out of his way to corrupt and re-engineer some of Oshtur's (or attempting to, with varying levels of success).

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** Creator/MarkMillar's big finale to the ''[[TheUltimates ''[[ComicBook/TheUltimates Ultimate Avengers]]'' took this to the logical extreme: with the team racing to stop radicalized countries like North Korea from getting their own superhumans.
* The Comicbook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen have always been mutants, but interestingly, the earliest issues of the X-Men comics refer to them as "children of the atom" and say that Xavier is a mutant because of radiation his parents were exposed to before he was born. Current X-Men comics have abandoned the nuclear angle in favor of pure genetics, but all mutants are the end result of genetic engineering- by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien godlike aliens]] called the Celestials tens of thousands of years ago.
** The Celestials also created two other races by experimenting on humans- humans: the ugly, shape-shifting Deviants, and their enemies, the PhysicalGod CanonSue race the Eternals, which after a bit of space-travel and civil war ended up founding a colony on Saturn's moon Titan, which eventually spawned {{Thanos}}, ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, who conducted further genetic experiments on himself to make himself stronger. The Celestials split other alien races into Deviants and Eternals as well- the Skrulls are a race of Deviants who conquered their entire planet and built an interstellar empire.
** About the time the Celestials showed up on Marvel Earth, the Elder Gods had a similar idea and started making their own species, though these were engineered magically- [[MultipleHeadCase Set]] created [[ConanTheBarbarian [[TheReptilians the Serpent Men]], whilst [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Oshtur]] and [[GodOfEvil Chthon]] created numerous [[AlwaysLawfulGood good]] and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] races, respectively, with Chthon going out of his way to corrupt and re-engineer some of Oshtur's (or attempting to, with varying levels of success).



** ''Comicbook/SilentWar'' revolves around ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} getting a hold of the Terrigen Mist and trying to create its own [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]] for military use. [[PowerIncontinence It doesn't work out so well]].
* Similar to the above, Franchise/SpiderMan's origins have moved from being bit by a radioactive spider in the original to being bit by a genetically enhanced "super spider" in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan Spectacular]]'', ''[[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate]]'', and both the [[Film/SpiderMan1 original movie]] and the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan the reboot]]. 90's ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries Spider-Man]]'' show actually went half-way, being bit by a spider that was hit by "neogenic" radiation. The mainstream comics eventually decided to hint that his powers might actually be magic, which to be fair makes more sense than radiation.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[FanNickname Squid]] is a genetically engineered monster whose effect visually strongly resembles a nuclear attack, making it both a figurative and an almost literal example of GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke.
** Although the "nuclear" flash has nothing to do with genetic engineering and is in fact a result of the unstable teleport processes used to transport it.

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** ''Comicbook/SilentWar'' ''ComicBook/SilentWar'' revolves around ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} getting a hold of the Terrigen Mist and trying to create its own [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]] for military use. [[PowerIncontinence It doesn't work out so well]].
* Similar to the above, Franchise/SpiderMan's origins have moved from being bit by a radioactive spider in the original to being bit by a genetically enhanced "super spider" in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan Spectacular]]'', ''[[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan ''[[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate]]'', and both the [[Film/SpiderMan1 original movie]] and the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan the reboot]]. 90's ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries Spider-Man]]'' show actually went half-way, being bit by a spider that was hit by "neogenic" radiation. The mainstream comics eventually decided to hint that his powers might actually be magic, which to be fair makes more sense than radiation.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[FanNickname Squid]] is a genetically engineered monster whose effect visually strongly resembles a nuclear attack, making it both a figurative and an almost literal example of GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke.
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** Although the "nuclear" flash has nothing to do with genetic engineering and is in fact a result of the unstable teleport processes used to transport it.



** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': Quick cloning. With Spaarti cylinders, humans could be safely grown in as little as a year without [[PowerNullifier ysalamiri]], and as little as a ''month'' with them. While they grew they received flash training, so it was possible to get an army in as little as two months. The HandOfThrawn duology has a clone who had a bit of Thrawn mixed into his learning matrix in the hopes of making a leader with Thrawn's ability and long-range thinking. In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' there is a cloning method that works in ''hours'', but the results are too unstable to be particularly useful.

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** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': Quick cloning. With Spaarti cylinders, humans could be safely grown in as little as a year without [[PowerNullifier ysalamiri]], and as little as a ''month'' with them. While they grew they received flash training, so it was possible to get an army in as little as two months. The HandOfThrawn ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology has a clone who had a bit of Thrawn mixed into his learning matrix in the hopes of making a leader with Thrawn's ability and long-range thinking. In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' there is a cloning method that works in ''hours'', but the results are too unstable to be particularly useful.



* Palladium's other game: TabletopGame/{{Splicers}} takes this further, with LaResistance employing living PoweredArmor and [[BeastOfBattle Beasts of Battle]] to fight a RobotWar.
* The D20Modern remake of ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' abandoned ILoveNuclearPower in favor of this; the Big BlastOut was a horrific spasm of genetic engineering and nanotechnology gone haywire that annihilated civilization and unleashed all manner of ghastly abominations, including giant snake/bears that are eternally, ravenously hungry, featureless shadow-skinned humanoids, and worse.
* While genetic engineering is mostly a low-level background affair in the ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' universe (sometimes offhandedly mentioned as having been used to adapt a particular plant or animal species to a new world, but even the Clans' warrior breeding program relies primarily on just old-fashioned eugenics), the recent ''Wars of Reaving'' sourcebook introduced DNA-targeted viruses capable of selectively infecting trueborn in general, particular bloodlines, and even specific ''individuals'' if desired as part of the arsenal of the renegade Clan scientist faction known as "the Society". (Of course, part of what made them effective in this case was that Society members had easy access to DNA samples of their intended targets courtesy of the scientist caste being charged with managing the breeding program just mentioned in the first place.)
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* Palladium's other game: TabletopGame/{{Splicers}} game, ''TabletopGame/{{Splicers}}'', takes this further, with LaResistance employing living PoweredArmor and [[BeastOfBattle Beasts of Battle]] to fight a RobotWar.
* The D20Modern TabletopGame/D20Modern remake of ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' abandoned ILoveNuclearPower in favor of this; the Big BlastOut was a horrific spasm of genetic engineering and nanotechnology gone haywire that annihilated civilization and unleashed all manner of ghastly abominations, including giant snake/bears that are eternally, ravenously hungry, featureless shadow-skinned humanoids, and worse.
* While genetic engineering is mostly a low-level background affair in the ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe (sometimes offhandedly mentioned as having been used to adapt a particular plant or animal species to a new world, but even the Clans' warrior breeding program relies primarily on just old-fashioned eugenics), the recent ''Wars of Reaving'' sourcebook introduced DNA-targeted viruses capable of selectively infecting trueborn in general, particular bloodlines, and even specific ''individuals'' if desired as part of the arsenal of the renegade Clan scientist faction known as "the Society". (Of course, part of what made them effective in this case was that Society members had easy access to DNA samples of their intended targets courtesy of the scientist caste being charged with managing the breeding program just mentioned in the first place.)
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* The Zerg in VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}.

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* The Zerg in VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}.''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}''.



* The protagonists of ''{{Webcomic/DNA}}'' are a group of genetically engineered children, some of whom have super powers.

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* The protagonists of ''{{Webcomic/DNA}}'' ''Webcomic/{{DNA}}'' are a group of genetically engineered children, some of whom have super powers.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' uses this as the PhlebotinumDuJour, not only with Spider-Man's [[LegoGenetics genetically-altered]] spider-bite, but with Electro's [[PsychoElectro powers]], granted partly by being electricuted. The Lizard too, is a result of Curt Connors [[ProfessorGuineaPig dosing himself]] with an [[LightningCanDoAnything electrically catalyzed]] formula containing genetically-modified lizard DNA. The big one, though, is many of Spidey's enemies- Rhino, Sandman, Kraven etc.- are the result of [[MegaCorp OsCorp]] experiments designed to create superhumans, some of whom were pitted against Spidey for the sole purpose of distracting him so that he is too busy dealing with them to worry about TheManBehindTheMan Tombstone and all the crime he is behind (other villains are tech based). The Green Goblin, likewise, got his powers from an experimental superhuman serum. The series was ScrewedByTheNetwork, but had it continued it would have adapted ''The Clone Saga'' which would have continued using this trope as a theme, with MadScientist Miles Warren already working on such stuff by the end of the second season.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' uses this as the PhlebotinumDuJour, not only with Spider-Man's [[LegoGenetics genetically-altered]] spider-bite, but with Electro's [[PsychoElectro powers]], granted partly by being electricuted.electrocuted. The Lizard too, is a result of Curt Connors [[ProfessorGuineaPig dosing himself]] with an [[LightningCanDoAnything electrically catalyzed]] formula containing genetically-modified lizard DNA. The big one, though, is many of Spidey's enemies- Rhino, Sandman, Kraven etc.- are the result of [[MegaCorp OsCorp]] experiments designed to create superhumans, some of whom were pitted against Spidey for the sole purpose of distracting him so that he is too busy dealing with them to worry about TheManBehindTheMan Tombstone and all the crime he is behind (other villains are tech based). The Green Goblin, likewise, got his powers from an experimental superhuman serum. The series was ScrewedByTheNetwork, but had it continued it would have adapted ''The Clone Saga'' which would have continued using this trope as a theme, with MadScientist Miles Warren already working on such stuff by the end of the second season.



* Although genetic engineering has an overall stigma of "playing God", to the point where some countries even have laws against technological applications that aren't even remotely feasible yet, proponents point out that competent genetic engineering could end disorders like Lou Gherig's disease, Down Syndrome, Neruofibromatosis, and a slew of other genetic conditions. To quote a {{Cracked}} [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-dystopian-movie-technologies-that-would-improve-our-world/ article on the subject:]]

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* Although genetic engineering has an overall stigma of "playing God", to the point where some countries even have laws against technological applications that aren't even remotely feasible yet, proponents point out that competent genetic engineering could end disorders like Lou Gherig's disease, Down Syndrome, Neruofibromatosis, and a slew of other genetic conditions. To quote a {{Cracked}} Website/{{Cracked}} [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-dystopian-movie-technologies-that-would-improve-our-world/ article on the subject:]]
7th May '16 10:41:11 AM Divra
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'': The Genetic Infantry are very good soldiers, and their genetic modifications give them several advantages over regular humans (not least the ability to breathe the poisonous atmosphere of Nu-Earth), but when it comes down to it they are just a very good light infantry unit. The Quartz Zone Massacre proved that the [=GIs=] were badly outmatched by regular human troops with armor, artillery and the element of surprise, and the program was quietly axed.
28th Apr '16 12:30:13 PM Manny20444
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* Comicbook/UltimateMarvel takes this trope all the way, with genetic engineering being compared to nuclear weapons in other ways, such as international supersoldier escalation & treaties being proposed to curb it. Several Spider-Man rogues (as well as Spidey himself) were re-imagined to be the subjects of secret, illegal super soldier experiments, and other superheroes and villains were designed by secret government projects for the same end. [[spoiler: ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' reveals that [[ComicBook/UltimateXMen this includes mutants]]]]. ComicBook/UltimateMarvel has even applied this trope to people who weren't even ostensibly super to begin with in regular Marvel. Ultimate IronMan's super genius is explained as the result of genetic experiments his parents were involved in (which resulted in his mother's tragic death) that resulted in him being born with braincells throughout his entire body. Unfortunately, due to a defect in the process it also gave him cancer and constant, agonizing pain.

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* Comicbook/UltimateMarvel takes this trope all the way, with genetic engineering being compared to nuclear weapons in other ways, such as international supersoldier escalation & treaties being proposed to curb it. Several Spider-Man rogues (as well as Spidey himself) were re-imagined to be the subjects of secret, illegal super soldier experiments, experiments from Oscorp, and other superheroes and villains were designed by secret government projects for the same end. [[spoiler: ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' reveals that [[ComicBook/UltimateXMen this includes mutants]]]]. ComicBook/UltimateMarvel has even applied this trope to people who weren't even ostensibly super to begin with in regular Marvel. Ultimate IronMan's super genius is explained as the result of genetic experiments his parents were involved in (which resulted in his mother's tragic death) that resulted in him being born with braincells throughout his entire body. Unfortunately, due to a defect in the process it also gave him cancer and constant, agonizing pain.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' uses this as the PhlebotinumDuJour, not only with Spider-Man's [[LegoGenetics genetically-altered]] spider-bite, but with Electro's [[PsychoElectro powers]], granted partly by genetically-altered, [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum-enhanced]] [[PsychoElectricEel electric eels]]. The Lizard too, is a result of Curt Connors [[ProfessorGuineaPig dosing himself]] with an [[LightningCanDoAnything electrically catalyzed]] formula containing genetically-modified lizard DNA. The big one, though, is many of Spidey's enemies- Rhino, Sandman, Kraven etc.- are the result of [[MegaCorp OsCorp]] experiments designed to create superhumans, some of whom were pitted against Spidey for the sole purpose of distracting him so that he is too busy dealing with them to worry about TheManBehindTheMan Tombstone and all the crime he is behind (other villains are tech based). The Green Goblin, likewise, got his powers from an experimental superhuman serum. The series was ScrewedByTheNetwork, but had it continued it would have adapted ''The Clone Saga'' which would have continued using this trope as a theme, with MadScientist Miles Warren already working on such stuff by the end of the second season.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' uses this as the PhlebotinumDuJour, not only with Spider-Man's [[LegoGenetics genetically-altered]] spider-bite, but with Electro's [[PsychoElectro powers]], granted partly by genetically-altered, [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum-enhanced]] [[PsychoElectricEel electric eels]].being electricuted. The Lizard too, is a result of Curt Connors [[ProfessorGuineaPig dosing himself]] with an [[LightningCanDoAnything electrically catalyzed]] formula containing genetically-modified lizard DNA. The big one, though, is many of Spidey's enemies- Rhino, Sandman, Kraven etc.- are the result of [[MegaCorp OsCorp]] experiments designed to create superhumans, some of whom were pitted against Spidey for the sole purpose of distracting him so that he is too busy dealing with them to worry about TheManBehindTheMan Tombstone and all the crime he is behind (other villains are tech based). The Green Goblin, likewise, got his powers from an experimental superhuman serum. The series was ScrewedByTheNetwork, but had it continued it would have adapted ''The Clone Saga'' which would have continued using this trope as a theme, with MadScientist Miles Warren already working on such stuff by the end of the second season.
23rd Apr '16 12:54:19 PM erraticegomania
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the unlocking of the secrets of life by an unknown genius (heavily implied to be Mary Shelley) in the early 19th century leads to the British Empire expanding far beyond its historical height, at constant war with the rest of the world and routinely employing sterilizing plagues against its enemies.
7th Apr '16 10:55:47 AM GlassRain
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/StringTheory'' when a forced evolutionary virus creates "man-kitty-things" that get into everything. Schtein also keeps one as an adorable pet.
25th Mar '16 1:37:32 PM MarkLungo
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* Came up a few times in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''. On the lighter side was a NoodleIncident with mutated, flying plants that smelled horribly when decomposing. "Marshmallow Trees" had the titular trees (genetically engineered crops) growing out of control and threatening to destroy a colony world. The darkest example is the [[SuperSoldier Supertrooper Project]].

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* Came up a few times in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''.''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. On the lighter side was a NoodleIncident with mutated, flying plants that smelled horribly when decomposing. "Marshmallow Trees" had the titular trees (genetically engineered crops) growing out of control and threatening to destroy a colony world. The darkest example is the [[SuperSoldier Supertrooper Project]].
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*[[http://www.businessinsider.com/what-foods-looked-like-before-genetic-modification-2016-1 Technically]], we've been genetically engineering plants and animals to our specifications for ''millennia.'' Most of our staple crops would be all but ''worthless'' in their natural state.
16th Jan '16 6:14:54 PM hipopotamo
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* Genetic Engineering is what allows the ''[[Webcomic/M9Girls M9 Girls]]'' to absorb cosmic energy and gain superpowers. The procedure [[GoneHorriblyWrong can really go bad]], however, as the main antagonist can attest.
9th Jan '16 5:56:39 PM legendaryweredragon
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* The protagonists of ''{{Webcomic/DNA}}'' are a group of genetically engineered children, some of whom have super powers.
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